Numb3rs S01, Ep13 – Man Hunt

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 13
Title: Man Hunt
Original Air Date: May 13, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Larry: I’m with Einstein. There are no accidents.

* Charlie: The crash wasn’t an accident, it was staged.

* Charlie: I don’t mean to replace your expertise, just cut down your leg work.

* Alan: I like coming when Charlie does a math for dummies lecture. It’s the only time I actually understand what he’s talking about.

* Charlie: Winning isn’t everything.
Don: Since when?

* Don: That would be one “O.”
Charlie: Is this a reliable dictionary?


Synopsis: Prisoners are loaded on a bus for a transfer. A car crashes into the bus causing it to flip over. Two inmates escape, stealing the truck of a passerby. Don, Charlie and David arrive on the scene. Back at the office, they try to come up with a plan to track down the two fugitives. Don’s old partner also joins them for the hunt. Don follows up with a witness in one of the cases. She doesn’t want witness protection again so he leaves officers at her work and home to watch out for her. Back at the house, Charlie is helping the CHP officer recreate the prison bus crash. Larry and Alan join them and they all discuss. David and Don’s old partner stake out one of the escapee’s girlfriends. David gets a call that the stolen pickup truck has been recovered. At the scene, Don has a dust up with an LAPD officer. At the house, Charlie enlists Larry’s help with garden equipment to recreate the bus accident. They figure it out. The crash was stage, it was not an accident. Don goes to the truck driver’s work and finds out he does not work there. When he checks the truck the driver is in it dead. At the office, David tells them the gardener hopped a flight out of the country. Charlie is there working. They get a call about spotting him at the girlfriends. The bust down the door and interrupt he and his girlfriend. They arrest him. In interrogation, he flips on McDowd. He tells them McDowd broke out to kill someone. They track him down to a bar. Don decides to wait till the bar closes but then they hear gunfire and race inside the building. The LAPD cop from earlier is why McDowd escaped and opened fire in the bar. Charlie is working in his office and getting nowhere but frustrated. He can’t filter the bad data from the bad. Larry helps him realize they need to analyze duplicate sightings to figure out which are most likely false. Don goes back to talk to the witness and put her in protection. She finally agrees. Charlie is giving a lecture, his father is sitting in. Don and Cooper show up to his class. Alan expresses his concern about Don and manhunting. Charlie goes over the tip map and his new equation. It looks like a hunting pattern. The leader of the Z Boys might be his target. They head to the location on Charlie’s map and find a massacre. Back at the office, Don and Cooper try to come up with a link between McDowd and the Z Boys. They determine that McDowd couldn’t have been handcuffed to kill the driver. The guard tells them that it was set up by Det. Reid, he’s the officer that Don had the dustup with and who let him get away from the bar. They realize the witness is not safe and race over. McDowd has her but they get him to let her go. They continue to pursue him on foot. Don takes him down. Don checks on the witness. He makes sure an officer takes her home. Don and the team arrest Reid. Coop and Don say their goodbyes. Back at the house, Don and Alan are playing a game of chess against Charlie. The duo manages to win the game. Don gets called back to work. Alan challenges Charlie to Scrabble.

Numb3rs S01, Ep12 – Noisy Edge

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 12
Title: Noisy Edge
Original Air Date: May 6, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: I’m just surprised that math isn’t giving me an edge.

* Larry: The fact remains, we may not be alone.

* Alan: Golf balls don’t always do what you expect them too.
Charlie: Yeah well golf balls have to follow the rules of physics, just like any other object.


Synopsis: Don has Charlie look at cases, but they are better off with chaos theory. David comes in and tells them there is an unidentified flying object over LA. Don asks Charlie to try and predict a flight path. The military gets involved too. A family is having a bbq in their backyard and they see the UFO too. Charlie calculates it will fly over downtown. Don and David go to meet with the family who saw it. They also get the video. At the office, an agent from another department joins the team for the search. Charlie and Alan are golfing. Charlie is struggling. He gets a call from Don and uses it to escape. Charlie meets with the NTSB agent and Amita. They analyze radar data. But they can’t do it on a laptop. They ask Larry for some help. He lets them use some of his super computer time. Charlie’s math gets a flight path. It leads to the Staples Center. They brief the team on the new data. They check all the locations that the flight could have taken off from, but they strike out. Larry advises they focus on the plane itself. They overlap all 7 radar maps and think it’s a UFO. But the NTSB agent tells them it’s a human design. Charlie thinks it could have been a vertical takeoff. They visit a company that is running a contest for vertical takeoff. He gives them a few names of engineers who could pull it off. The former partner gives them the name, Gosnell. At the office, Don and David go over Gosnell’s criminal record. Out on the golf course, Charlie has lost his ball and can’t use math to find it. They try to find Gosnell by checking with his son. He’s shocked. They all head to his workspace, but both he and the plane are missing. Outside the hangar, there grass is burnt from the vertical exhaust. His son tells them the history of the project. David goes to talk to the most recent investor who is shocked to learn the plane flied. He gives them some additional information. In Charlie’s office, he compliments Amita on her thesis work. She informs Charlie she might get a second PHD in astrophysics. And that she wouldn’t be his student anymore. The NTSB agent rushes into the office with some more details to analyze. At the office, Charlie tells Don they found the plane. They head out to the search area. A junkyard is within the search area and they head there first. The NTSB agent locates the plane, with Gosnell inside and dead. She checks over the plane and determines it went down due to sabotage. Don tells him the rudder was tampered with and that his father was murdered. At the office, the NTSB agent can’t determine the plane’s flight path. Don goes to visit Charlie. They chat. Don tells him that their dad likes to play golf with him because it’s the one time he gets to teach him something. David calls, Croft sabotaged the plane. They bring Croft in for an interview. Charlie thinks that the servo was not being tampered with but being fixed. Don and David go back and visit Gosnell’s son again. Don and Alan head to the golf course and Charlie joins them. Alan senses Charlie’s frustrations but he tells him he loves it to make him happy.

Numb3rs S01, Ep11 – Sacrifice

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 11
Title: Sacrifice
Original Air Date: April 29, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: Mathematics can be much more lucrative than fathers think.

* Charlie: Big things disguised as little things.

* Charlie: A mathematical determination of who will or won’t be a winner.

* Larry: Why? To what end? This work is just a self-fulfilling prophecy.

* Charlie: I’ve always believed that it was my duty to develop mathematical tools and someone else’s to use them wisely.

* Larry: Real science is discovery not invention, the truths are there whether we find them or not.

Synopsis: Two security guards investigate an alarm. They find a dead body. Don and his team arrive and are informed that the murder victim is part of a think tank and does classified work. The deceased man’s hard drive was wiped clean and they did not steal the information on it. Charlie will try to reverse engineer the program to restore the files. David interviews the dead man’s wife. Don finds out what the victim was working on and tells Charlie. Charlie discovered a sabermetrics program that he was also developing. At Dr. Hoke’s office, his assistant is working on the computer. He’s not aware that the victim was a baseball fan. Larry comes upon Charlie and Larry hates sabermetrics. Back at Don’s office he and David bring each other up to speed. There’s an insurance policy. Don and David pay a visit to Mrs. Hoke’s boyfriend. It leads nowhere. Charlie analyzes the computer and is interrupted by Scott, the assistant. Charlie and Larry go to Dr. Hoke’s funeral but they are the only ones in attendance. At the house, Charlie works on the case. He learns that his parents nearly divorced when he went to Princeton. The conversation leads Charlie to a discovery. He was trying to apply sabermetrics to real people. Don and Charlie talk with Scott again. From what they learn, the data he was using to determine people’s success was cut off. Don and David go back to the crime scene to take a second look. David finds a wire sticking out of the alarm box. When he pulls the face off he finds evidence of surveillance equipment. Don and Terry talk to the deceased boss about the surveillance and the program he was working on. He disagreed with the statistical analysis and how it was being done. But ultimately, he owns the software. The FBI says it was not their surveillance either. The tech says it was piggybacked, there is no prints. However, the unit was bought by the boyfriend. Don heads back to the boyfriend again. The listening device was Mrs. Hoke’s lawyer’s idea. They interview the wife again. The lawyer turns over the surveillance to prove her client’s innocence. Charlie analyzes the keystrokes and the person who erased the files also had access to the computer at work. Don arrests his assistant for the murder. Before he’s taken away, Charlie asks him why he killed him. His formula would have prevented his school from getting a computer lab. He wanted to stop him from the Nazi’s all over again. Larry and Charlie chat in the garage and get philosophical.

Numb3rs S01, Ep10 – Dirty Bomb

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 10
Title: Dirty Bomb
Original Air Date: April 22, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Don: It turns out the wife was right, Ray was a victim.

* Alan: If you’ve got one failing it’s only because you don’t think like a criminal.


Synopsis: A transport team is moving nuclear waste. The truck takes off and the follow car wont’ turn over. The follow team can’t reach the driver. Don and his team arrive and start analyzing what could have happened. There is enough material being transported to make a dirty bomb. Charlie is in his classroom working on a math problem for Larry. He plays a trick on him. Don shows up and asks the two about the nuclear hijacking. They give him a breakdown of the damage that this waste could cause. There is enough material to take out several blocks. Terry and David talk to the follow team. Terry has pulled the driver’s record. They interview his wife. She tells them about a group that approached Ray. The group wanted his route info for a protest, but instead he’s found dead. The truck is being ransomed for $20 million. Charlie comes into the office. Don would like to know if he can predict where they might detonate the material. He can predict a lot of things but not what type of bomb they will use. They get a call from a physicist who spoke to two people about the isotope stolen. Alan comes out and finds the two working. Larry tells Alan what’s going on. After Alan calms down, Charlie asks him to help. Don has a possible suspect. Terry got a notice about C4 missing from a naval base. He then takes off to let Charlie know about the C4. They interview an older gentleman. It turns out his son is friends with the suspect and works at the Naval Base. They search his apartment and the bomb was made there. The hijacker calls in with some ransom information. He’s upped the deadline. Alan tells them Angela’s square is the mostly likely target because of the way the buildings are set. They evacuate the area. As they are searching the area a bomb goes off. Don and his team were within 100 feet, but they are free of radiation. Don thinks it all might be a bluff and a power play. Back at the house, Charlie, Alan and Larry all talk. Charlie is upset because he was going to pick the other location. At the office Don, Terry and David start analyzing the buildings in that area. They go to an art restorers and she have been robbed of some extremely valuable set of paintings, the value is approximately $100 million. Turns out the suspect had rented a space in the same building to case the place and plan the robbery. They track down a rented vehicle. It leads them to a building. They take down the main suspect and two more with him. They don’t find the casks but they find the stolen art. The team interrogates the three they arrested. They realize the casks are still on the trucks and untouched as of yet. At the house, Larry explains this stuff causes the walking ghost syndrome. Charlie wants to use game theory to crack them. Don goes with Charlie on this. He puts all three suspects together and lets Charlie give them a little school session. They get Mark to turn. He tells them where the truck is and that someone is with the truck. They head to the location and approach the building. But the guy with the truck drives it through the doors. He threats to dump the casks. He actually starts to dump them. The man is sick from radiation poisoning. Later that night Don brags to Alan about how Charlie got them to break. But the casks are safely recovered.

Numb3rs S01, Ep09 – Sniper Zero

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 9
Title: Sniper Zero
Original Air Date: April 15, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: If I were in any real danger Don wouldn’t let me go. You know that.

* Charlie: It just seems like it’s all some kind of a sport to you.

* Charlie: You have an epidemic of copycat snipers.


Synopsis: A sniper looks down the barrel of his scope picking out a target, then fires. Don and his team are on scene. Charlie analyzes the data and pinpoints where the sniper was shooting from. Agent Edgerton also joins them. At headquarters’ Don gives the team the rundown. David runs in with a tip. At the house, Charlie and Amita are working on the ballistics. The tip is on a vehicle and it gives them a possible suspect. They hit his address with a search warrant. He’s not there but a large cache of guns and a defeated girlfriend are. Charlie gets a call, there is a new shooting. David and Terry interview a victim at the scene. Edgerton teaches Charlie about sniper techniques. Terry informs them there are two snipers. They catch the first suspect and interrogate him. Turns out he’s an informant. As the team patrols, it’s a ghost town. No one is willing to go out and possibly be shot. Alan brings Don lunch at work. He expresses his concerns about Charlie going to scenes. There is another shooting. Edgerton thinks Charlie might have been right all along. At the house, Charlie and Amita continue to try and crunch numbers. Back at Don’s office, Charlie does a presentation of the data, they are increasing in rate. His analysis demonstrates that it was a different shooter for each attack. It’s a chain of copycats. Don regroups and tries to solve each case individually. He solves each case. However, more cases are happening. Charlie thinks that some cases are linked to one sniper and others are just viral activity. He wants to learn to shoot a rifle to understand the mechanics. Alan and Larry play chess together. At the range, Charlie isn’t doing too well until Don tries a different technique and he hits the bullseye. At the office, the skill level of each shooter is assessed. He has detected a pattern that four shootings were done by the same person. The team narrows their search to try and find a common denominator. Don changes focus from the victims to where the shots were fired as it wasn’t about the victims. They were chosen at random. They come up with a suspect, Nathan. David interviews his mother and she kicked him out just before the shootings started. Information comes in about the suspect. He also picks a new location to shoot from. The locations he’s shooting from are failed jobs. They narrow down to two locations and request LAPD back up. Terry spots the van at their location. They start clearing the area. SWAT arrives and so does a helicopter. The suspect looks out the window and sees police and no targets. Until a car pulls up with Charlie. David gets him on the ground as the sniper starts shooting at him. Edgerton was waiting though and he takes the shot and gets the sniper. Back at the house Don talks with Alan. They just talk about his trip to the range and choose not to tell Alan that Charlie almost got shot. The three work together staining the house.

Numb3rs S01, Ep07 – Counterfeit Reality

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 7
Title: Counterfeit Reality
Original Air Date: March 11, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Charlie: You don’t really care about the equation.
Terry: Let’s just say we can’t fully appreciate it.

* Charlie: I’ve learned a lot from you actually.
Don: Thanks.


Synopsis: A store is robbed and also a grocery store. Don and Terry arrive on scene. Six stores were robbed and three were killed. He got called in because the LAPD Detective wants to see if Charlie’s new video enhancement software can help. He takes on the case and Charlie and Amita help. Don recognizes an expensive gun and expensive watch on one of the robbers. The detective gets a call and the robbers have struck again. This time a house. In the house, they find a lot a good all paid for with cash. Terry found two teenagers in videos at each location shopping. They are the dead bodies in the house. One of the dead boys moms is interviewed. He paid her back all the money he owed her in tens. Don and David check out where they worked. Don finds some strange stuff on the floor of the warehouse. He finds some powder. It’s ink for counterfeiting money. A Secret Service agent confirms its old school high-end counterfeiting ink and paper. The ring has been being investigated for over 5 years. Charlie brings some ideas to the case. The agent running the case gets pissed. Back at the house Charlie is comparing the new counterfeit bills to the old. Charlie posits that they have a new artist drawing the bills. Don expands the search to art forgers. A woman got abducted a few days ago. She’s a skilled artist. They are able to get a few samples of her work comparison. She is the one they are using to draw the newest counterfeits. At the office Don is worried they won’t be able to save this woman. They come up with several plans to track down the counterfeiters. Charlie is using a probability algorithm to figure out where to look for more bills. The agent tells Charlie about her and Don being together. Charlie covers well, but she is still hurt. David goes to visit one of the retired counterfeiters. They show him the ink. He calls it near perfect. He tells them to check out Marty Blanchard. Apparently, he ratted this gentleman out so he has no issue ratting him out. Charlie talks to Don about Kim. They got a hit on the bills at a bar. Don and Kim leave to interview him. When they arrive he tells them he only had 20s from an atm. They have surveillance on the guy. He did a job and got paid in counterfeit bills. David and Terry go to see the other counterfeiter. She quizzes David about Kim. He hints that Don and Kim were together. As the printer pulls up men in masks do a drive by shooting. Blanchard is killed. They bring in some suspects but no one is talking. Mr. Hughes has come in to check on his wife. He gives him his wife’s art back. Charlie stops and talks to him outside. Back at the house Amita has popped in to check on Charlie. He tells her about the hidden messages in her art for her husband. Amita suggest analysis at different angles. It cracks the code. But she placed a set of numbers in it. It’s the address of a warehouse. David and Terry arrest the first counterfeiter. He admits he taught his sons how do to the counterfeiting. He gives them info. Margo is being held on the rooftop level. The storm the warehouse and are able to rescue Margo. He calls Terry to notify her husband. They are happily reunited. Charlie goes to visit Don. He found his missing box. They have a brotherly bonding moment.

Numb3rs S01, Ep06 – Sabotage

Show: Numb3rs
Season: 1
Episode: 6
Title: Sabotage
Original Air Date: February 25, 2005


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Favorite Quotes:

* Don: They day you take your kid to work you get in a wreck.

* Terry: So we need the key to crack the code.

* Alan: She likes you, you know? Aren’t you ever going to do something about that?

* Frank: Agent Eppes, there are a lot of trains out there. You can’t protect all of them.

* Don: I want you to know I don’t take for granted what you do.
Charlie: I never thought you did.

* Charlie: Math is the real world. Math is everywhere.

* Charlie: Math is nature’s language. It’s way of communicating with us, everything’s numbers.


Synopsis: A school bus is hit by a train. The conductor tried to stop the train but failed. The conductor released an emergency valve to try to save the kids on the school bus, but it cost him his life. Turns out the bus was empty, so he died trying to save kids that weren’t there. An investigator tells them it was a recreation of a prior train accident. The guy who caused the wreck left a note too. The note is some kind of code. Back at the office the investigator goes over all the train cases and their copycats. Charlie and Amita join them. Don fills Charlie and Amita in on the case. Charlie and Amita do a quick analysis. Charlie lists several ways he might be able to the code without the key. A train spotter turns into footage he filmed of the accident. He might have gotten footage of three people damaging the train. He also got the vehicle’s license plate. At Charlie’s office Charlie and Amita are surprised by Larry. Larry is hiding from another female professor who he just had an extremely romantic night with, simply because he believes it cannot be duplicated. He then makes a statement about the math department being the least sexually charged of all of them and this causes Amita and Charlie to share a look. Don and his team stake out the van used in the robbery. They attempt to lure the suspect out. They move in to find him dead in the kitchen. He’s also a railroad cop. His garage is filled with stuff that was on four of the sabotaged trains. Don gets another call from the man setting up the train wrecks. Charlie is at the house and Amita is waiting in the car. Alan gets mad at him for leaving her in the car and points out the fact that Amita likes him. Charlie and Amita has a train expert for some help. The expert invites Amita to dinner and she declines while Charlie feels a slight twinge of jealously. Back at Don’s office they continue to dig into train cases for a connection. It leads them to a warehouse that they raid. They talk to the people in the warehouse. Horizontal Bob is nowhere to be found, but they do get some information on him. Charlie and Amita are back at the school. They discuss the docent who hit on her. Amita tells Charlie that someone asking someone out is how you know if they like you. They find Larry and try to console him. The two continue working on the train case and discover that the numbers are from an NTSH report about a Cohone accident. Back at Don’s office the two tell Don and his team about what they discovered. Don wonders if the remaining digits are for a license. Turns out it was the license of the engineer who got blamed for the accident. They interview his wife. Turns out that there were issues with the breaking system that the train company covered up. Terry doesn’t think the engineer died in the crash and that he is sending her money. He is also the man he talked to at the warehouse. He called from a switch station. Don ups the security. Charlie analyzes the trains to see which is most like the one that crashed in the Cahone pass. Mrs. Milton comes into the office and tells them that Frank called her. He told her goodbye and now they are worried it will be a suicide mission. We then see Frank with explosives strapped to his body. Charlie sets up with the investigator at the switch station. Charlie finds a train nearly identical and its carrying nuclear waste. Frank is wearing a security uniform and the others walk right by him. But Don spots him. Frank uncovers his bomb. Terry comes around the corner and sees what’s going on. David comes upon the scene and he manages to disarm the bomb. Back at the office Amita tells Charlie she got Larry to ask the professor out again. Charlie is in the middle of asking Amita out when Don interrupts him. The team is at the house having a dinner. He then demonstrates the Fibonacci sequence. Amita walks in the room and all Charlie can do is stare at her.

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